The New York Mets kept the tradition of Opening Day success alive today with a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the first of many games inside an empty stadium. With today’s victory the Mets now improve to to 39-20 all time on Opening Day, which is the best mark in Major League history.
The Mets got it done today with Jacob “Cy Young” Degrom’s brilliant effort on the mound and also with the absolute missle Yoenis Cespedes sent into the left field seats. DeGrom who had battled back stiffness less than a week ago gave the Mets five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, while striking out 8. DeGrom got it done with only 72 pitches and looks to already be in midseason form and on the way for his third Cy Young Award in as many years.
Yoenis Cespedes who has been on the shelf for two years made his presence felt in a BIG way providing the only run for the Mets with a monster home run in the bottom of the 7th inning off of Braves reliever Chris Martin. It was a glorious moment and a moment many of us will look back on if Cespedes has the type of season we are all expecting him to have.
Lastly, the Mets bullpen who is going to play an integral part of the Mets success this season held the Braves off the board for a combined four scoreless innings. Seth Lugo, Justin Wilson, and Edwin Diaz, who recieved his first save of the season, all came out looking sharp. Diaz’s slider looked electric this afternoon, and I am expecting a big rebound from him this season after all of the work he put in this past offseason to correct his mechanics. In total Mets pitching struck out 15 Braves on the day, which is no easy feat as the Braves have themeselves quite a formidable starting lineup as well.
All in all a great win on Opening Day for the Mets. The Mets stand 1-0 and will continue their important opening weekend series against the Braves tomorrow afternoon at 4:10pm et. on SNY. Steven Matz will make his first start of the season for the Mets after being bumped up in the rotation with the loss of Marcus Stroman to the injured list. He will face off against the Braves fellow southpaw Max Fried.